Haven’t we done this type of visioning process before in Belle Haven?
In the past, the Belle Haven neighborhood has been involved in planning and priority-setting efforts, including regular updates to the Redevelopment Plan when the neighborhood was part of the Las Pulgas Community Development Area / Redevelopment Area (RDA). However, in 2012, RDAs were eliminated by state law. This resulted in significant budget cuts that have impacted the services the City is able to provide.

Many other changes are also impacting the Belle Haven neighborhood, including new land uses (the Facebook campuses and Menlo Gateway), changing demographics, and rising housing costs. With all of these changes, the City wants to have an up-to-date understanding of neighborhood needs, issues and priorities so it can consider this information in its decision-making.

The Visioning Process is unique in that it will identify a set of priorities with City decision-makers, identify specific actions and roles, and help build neighborhood capacity so that residents can work effectively with the City to realize the vision.

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1. What is the Community Vision and why are we doing it now?
2. Haven’t we done this type of visioning process before in Belle Haven?
3. Who is leading this effort and who will be involved?
4. How can I keep track of what’s going on or get involved?
5. What happens when this process is over? How can we make sure something gets done?
6. What does the City’s Community Services Department do?
7. How is the Community Services department funded?
8. Why have some services and programs been eliminated in recent years?
9. Does Belle Haven receive the same level of services as other Menlo Park neighborhoods?
10. How can we make our voices heard at the City?
11. Why do Belle Haven students go to different schools than the rest of Menlo Park?
12. What is the City doing to support quality education for students who live in Belle Haven?
13. What’s being done about recent crime in the neighborhood?
14. How can we work with Facebook and other developers coming to the neighborhood?